Piaget's Stages of Learning and Development

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Piaget's Stages of Leanring and Development Jean Piaget was a remarkable scholar in a variety of areas, with a publishing career that began at the age of ten and that would eventually come to include more than fifty influential books and many articles, essays, and other shorter works (Feldman, 2008). Though his youth and adolescence were consumed primarily by an interest in biology and the study of animals, today Piaget is largely remembered for his contributions to psychology, which was still in its very early stages when Piaget became involved in its development (Feldman, 2008). Piaget's theory of development and his stages of learning provide a simple yet profound and still accurate way of examining early human development. There are many distinct divisions within Piaget's framework of human development, however there are only four major phases of development in cognitive development identified, with further subdivisions less accurate and less meaningful in an overall view of development (Feldman, 2008). The sensori-motor stage extends from birth two approximately two tears of age and is typified by a growing differentiation of the self from the environment/external objects and an increasing sense of agency and intentionality, accompanied by a sense of object permanence and objective reality (Feldman, 2008). This is followed by the pre-operational stage, lasting from the age of two years to approximately seven years, in which language skills are more fully acquired
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